Apple releases EFI Firmware updates bringing Lion Internet Recovery to 2010 Macs

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For those who have been wondering why Apple hasn’t brought internet recovery to their 2010 Macs running Lion, here is some good news, Apple recently released three new EFI firmware updates bringing Lion Internet Recovery to the company’s Late 2010 MacBook Air, Mid-2010 iMac, and Early 2010 MacBook Pro.

Available firmware updates include:

– MacBook Air EFI Firmware Update 2.3 (2.98 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Air (Late 2010) models and addresses an issue where the sys
tem could restart if the power button is pressed immediately after waking from deep sleep.

– iMac EFI Update 1.8 (3.02 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on iMac (Mid 2010) models.

– MacBook Pro EFI Firmware Update 2.6 (3.18 MB):This update enables Lion Recovery from an Internet connection on MacBook Pro (Early 2010) models.

Originally Apple introduced Lion Internet Recovery on the new MacBook Air and Mac mini models that were introduced last July alongside OS X Lion itself. OS X Lion users might have noticed that  OS X Lion by default installs a recovery partition on the machine’s hard drive, however sometimes for unknown reasons this recovery partition becomes inaccessible, and therefore Internet Recovery provides yet another fallback option for Lion installation.

Apple seeds OS X 10.7.3 To Developers

Apple Releases OS X 10.7.3 To Developers

Apple has just seeded OS X 10.7.3 to developers. The update focuses on iCloud document storage and issues relating to several of Apple’s native apps.

Developers are asked to focus on bugs involving iCal, Mail, and Address Book. Apple also warns that installing this 10.7.3 build will prevent one from reverting back to older versions of OS X Lion.

This particular update weighs in at 633MB and the build number is 11D16. A Lion Server update is also offered alongside the regular build, and both files can be downloaded from the Dev Center.

Apple Updates Java for Mac OS X 10.6 &10.7

Apple Updates Java for Mac OS X 10.6 &10.7

Earlier today Apple has released an update for Java on Mac OS X 10.6 and 10.7 the updates are available now via Software Update on your Mac.

According to Apple:

Mac OS X Lion

Java for Mac OS X 10.7 Update 1 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_29.

Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4883 for more details about this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Java for Mac OS X 10.6 Update 6 delivers improved compatibility, security, and reliability by updating Java SE 6 to 1.6.0_29.

Please quit any web browsers and Java applications before installing this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4884 for more details about this update.

See http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222 for information about the security content of this update.

If you’d like to download the update directly to install on multiple computers you can get a copy of it for Mac OS X Lion or Snow Leopard.

Running Mac OS X Lion on Hackintosh machines just got easier

It Just Got Really Easy to Install Mac OS X Lion on Your Hackintosh

For those of you who want to run Mac OS X on a PC this will be great news, it just got a whole lot easier to install Lion on your hackintosh, thanks to Tonymacx86”s new “UniBeast” bootable USB drive utility.

If you are unfamiliar with the term , it is basically a PC that’s been modified to run OS X. UniBeast is a new tool that makes it easy to install Apple’s newest desktop OS, Lion, on your hackintosh. Not only does UniBeast get rid of the need for an iBoot CD, but it also creates a bootable Lion USB flash drive.

Once you have a copy of Lion from the Mac App Store, UniBeast creates all-in-one bootable Lion USB drive that can even be used for system recovery. After you use UniBeast to boot into Lion on your hackintosh, MultiBeast is used as a post-installation tool that lets you find and install your needed drivers and enable boot from hard drive.

It’s great to see tools like UniBeast and MultiBeast make hackintoshing easier. Tonymacx86 has a full and detailed tutorial on how to use both tools on his blog.

Apple releases MacBook Pro mid 2010 Video update

Apple Releases MacBook Pro Video Update 1.0

Apple appears to have resolved the problems where 15-inch Mid-2010 MacBook Pro computers may intermittently free or stop displaying video.

The symptoms of the problem described by Apple are:

Apple has determined that a small number of MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010) computers may intermittently freeze or stop displaying video on the built-in display or on an external display connected to the MacBook Pro. In this situation, you may also see a restart warning message before the video is lost or the display turns black or gray. Affected computers were manufactured between April 2010 and February 2011.

Additional information about the update can be found at http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4088.

Apple Releases Xcode 4.2 Developers Tool

Apple Releases Xcode 4.2 Free Development Tools For Mac OS X Lion & Snow Leopard
Here comes another update from Cupertino, Apple has released and update to their development tool for Mac OS X and iOS Xcode has been updated to 4.2  The new version of Xcode is now available as a free download in the Mac App Store or through the regular Apple developer website.

You can read the complete change log for this version of Xcode on Apple’s website

Thanks to 9to5mac.com for the what’s new info posted below:

What’s New in Version 4.2

– Includes SDKs for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and iOS 5
– Storyboards let you design multiple iOS screens, and define the segues among them
– Automatic Reference Counting (ARC) saves you from manually managing retain/release
– iCloud entitlements are automatically enabled for Mac and iOS apps
– OpenGL ES Debugger graphically analyzes your OpenGL scene directly within the IDE
– Apple LLVM compiler supports C++11 features and the LLVM libc++ standard library
– Older iOS Simulators and device debugging symbols are downloaded on-demand

Enhancements and fixes in previous Xcode updates:

– Interface Builder support for Auto Layout and new Aqua controls such as NSPopover
– Full screen support in workspace, project, and organizer windows
– Project editor can validate and resolve out of date build settings
– Behaviors can be customized and assigned to unique key bindings
– Source control enhancements to pushing, pulling, and management of remote servers
– Assistant editor support for display of generated assembly and preprocessed output
– Additional bug fixes and stability improvements

iPhoto 9.2 Updated With iCloud And Photostream Support

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If you are not busy updating something today then you probably haven’t turned your Mac,iPhone,iPod or iPad on. Apple has released so many updates today that it is hard to know which one to start with.  Apple has just updated iPhoto to version 9.2, bringing along with it compatibility with iCloud and its Photo Stream feature along with the usual gaggle of fixes.

It is quite a big download however clocking in at 367MB and it requires OS X Lion. You can grab it now through Software Update, or the Mac App Store. Here are the release notes.

iPhoto 9.2 supports compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5. This update also addresses minor stability, performance and compatibility issues, including:

• Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in Magnify (1-up) view
• Previously imported photos are now displayed in a separate section of the Import window
• Book/calendar themes and card categories can now be selected using a pop-up menu in the carousel view
• Resolves an issue that could cause some pages of books to print incorrectly
• Rebuilding a library now correctly preserves saved slideshows and books

This update is recommended for all users of iPhoto ’11.

Apple releases OS X 10.7.2

Apple has just released OS X 10.7.2, which brings iCloud to the desktop. The new update weighs in at 435.5 mb, and can be downloaded through Software

All changes are listed below:

The 10.7.2 update is recommended for all OS X Lion users and includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac. It also includes support for iCloud, a breakthrough set of free cloud services that automatically and wirelessly store your content on iCloud and push it to all of your devices. iCloud on OS X Lion includes the following features:

  • iCloud stores your email, calendars, contacts, Safari bookmarks, and Safari Reading List and automatically pushes them to all your devices.
  • Back to My Mac provides remote access to your Mac from another Mac anywhere on the Internet.
  • Find My Mac helps find a missing Mac by locating it on a map and allows you to remotely lock the Mac or wipe all its data.

Getting started with iCloud is easy. After installing the update, OS X will automatically present an iCloud setup panel. Simply enter an existing Apple ID or create a new one and then follow the on screen instructions. To learn more about iCloud visit http://www.apple.com/icloud.

The 10.7.2 update also includes Safari 5.1.1 as well as fixes that:

  • Allow reordering of desktop spaces and full screen apps in Mission Control.
  • Enable dragging files between desktop spaces and full screen apps.
  • Address an issue that causes the menu bar to not appear in full screen apps.
  • Improve the compatibility of Google contact syncing in Address Book.
  • Address an issue that causes Keynote to become temporarily unresponsive.
  • Improve VoiceOver compatibility with Launchpad.
  • Address an issue that causes a delay in accessing the network after waking from sleep.
  • Enable booting in to Lion Recovery from a locally attached Time Machine backup drive.
  • Resolve an issue that causes screen zoom to stop working.
  • Improve Active Directory integration.

Mindjet iOS apps now free, cloud service around the corner

It’s been a big week of announcements from Mindjet. The company’s flagshipWindows version of MindManager is due to be updated on September 22.

For mindmapping on iOS devices, Mindjet’s iPhone and iPad versions now have an all-new price of nada down from US$8.99 for the iPad version.

The Mac version of MindManager is now fully Lion-compatible, although if you were running it on Snow Leopard prior to upgrading your OS you’ll need to reset your preferences before updating to the latest build; instructions are here.

Apple seeds OS X 10.7.2 to developers

The latest developer seed build of the next version of the Mac’s OS isavailable for download. OS X 10.7.2 build 11C55 is on Apple’s servers, and it reportedly includes iCloud beta features for testing.